I normally have my recipes fairly well vetted before writing them up, but I figured I’d do something different with this, sort of go through how I work on evolving a recipe from idea / or google search to a recipe made to my tastes. This dish started with a recommendation from my lovely wife. I asked for a bell pepper for making fajitas, and she returned with three to my surprise… with the suggestion I stuff them. Great idea! I hadn’t made them before, but I’ve certainly had them before so I had a basic idea where to start. Make some rice, brown some beef, sauce it up a bit, top with crumbs, and bake off… So, that’s what I did. And these are my notes for future use, so I improve the recipe next time I try to make it. Please be sure to read the end note, where I make recommendations on how I think I can make this right, next time. This makes enough for two.
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. This would be what I would request for my birthday meals. It is likely one of the first things I cooked on my own. I believe it’s from a paper bound edition of the betty crocker cookbook.
boiling salted water till tender; drain. In saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons
butter; blend in 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and
dash pepper. Add 2 cups milk; cook and stir till thick and bubbly. Add
1/4 cup finely chopped onion (optional) and 8 ounces sharp cheddar
cheese cubed; stir till melted.
Mix cheese sauce with macaroni. Turn into casserole dish. Top with
buttered bread crumbs, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
As some of you have noticed the old recipe section on the old site is down. I’m working on porting those recipes to the blog, so if you happen to see a flood of new post and rss updates, I’m sorry. Even though I’ll backdated these, they seem to update the rss feed. Maybe it’s bad rss form, or bad reader form, or just plain bad to backdate. Either way you should be seeing quite a few entrys scroll across your reader. As a side note, you’ll also now be able to find them by clicking on the Recipe Link in the nav bar or the Recipe tag on the left. I’ve made the link in the nav bar to the recipe ‘category’ because it looks cleaner, but the tag link has an interesting interface, so your feedback would be appreciated on which one you prefer.
In other news I just received my accusharp knife sharpener. While it took forever (nearly a month) to get from amazon (super cheap shipping). It works reasonably well, sharpening my quite dull knives but I still think I could use a professional sharpening, an electric sharpening machine, or some whet stones to remove some of the bigger dings from my knives, and have a longer lasting edge. It’s rated quite highly in the cooks illustrated knife sharpener review, and it’s cheap, which is why I got it. It seems to put a nice quick edge on it, but it does not seem to last, which could be my knives, or just a short coming of manual sharpeners.